Accidental Horror Writer
One of the things I frequently get asked—Why did you become a writer of fantasy and horror stories? Well, I’ve always had a fascination with all things fantasy—dragons, vampires, fairies, magic—so it’s no surprise I started out writing in that genre. What is rather surprising is my falling into the horror genre.
As a reader it’s not my favourite genre, in fact I avoid it quite a bit. Not because I don’t like it, I think it’s great. I avoid it because I’m a big chicken. Horror novels and horror movies, for the most part, give me shivers and nightmares. There are a few exceptions, and I have gotten better over the years, but it’s still one genre I don’t read much.
So why do I write horror?
A convergence of circumstance started me on this path. It came about through my knack for killing off characters and an adverse reaction to writing a sweet story for a contest (apparently, I’m allergic to writing nice, adorable stories with happy endings). I needed to violently cleanse my muse as it were, so I wrote my first serial killer tale, about Jack the Ripper (now included in my first Killers and Demons book). And surprisingly, I liked it. I liked writing the dark and creepy, the macabre and gruesome. And so began my foray into horror…
To date, I’ve written two books in my Killers and Demons series, and a few novellas.
You can find my latest creepy endeavour, The Weeping Lady, in the newly released anthology Beyond the Wail. It’s a paranormal short story with hints of horror, loosely based on the White Lady and La Llorona ghost tales.
A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being dark fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author she’s published novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction.
She is fond of good books, action movies, sword collecting, geeky things, comic books, and oil painting as a hobby. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories.
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Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Stories of Love and Loss
Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology
Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions
Coffin Hop: Death by Drive-In
Chronicles Of The Undead
Killers and Demons II: They Return
And many more!